That's what my friend asked me as we were leaving our ACLS training. She was referencing my turquoise Longchamp bag and fitbit bracelet, and of course I answered, "so much." Because we all know its true. I should seek help. Jay knows this, but instead of sending me to mint rehab, he propagates my obsession by suggesting how great our gallery wall would look if the frames were mint.
Hello! Thanks for popping by. Jay finally decided to come home from captain training (I guess it would be more correct to say "Captain Jay") so we were able to bust out a few projects this past weekend. We had three smallish but nagging updates we've wanted to do in our dining room and for various reasons haven't, so apologies in advance for an exceptionally long post.
First, a cute pic of Butters. He's such a good helper. Actually he's a terrible helper but he's cute. I promise Jay has clothes other than that hoodie, hat and jeans, but those are his favorite project clothes, so they're all the internet gets to see.
Now that that's out of the way…
Project 1: Display Shelf for Gallery Wall
Ever since putting up our gallery wall a few months ago we wanted to add a little shelf guy to display the rocks we've gathered from various climbing and mountaineering adventures we've taken together. Like all the projects in this post, this one just kept getting pushed aside because of, I'm assuming, it's lack of sex appeal. Nothing about a little black shelf with rocks on it excites anyone, but it was an addition to the wall I really wanted to make to add texture and to enjoy our keepsakes.
Margo's Dad Bruce likes to climb on things that are high up. In particular this includes rock walls, roofs, and microwave towers. Lucky for Bruce he has a friend who owns bunches of microwave towers that are out of service and just chillin in rural Kansas and Nebraska. When the price of copper went up this friend asked Bruce and his brother Brian to get all the junk copper off the tower so they could sell it for dolla dolla billz. Bruce is a hoarder and so he decided to keep random pieces of copper for no particular reason other than they look cool and maybe he could use them for something later. Enter Jay.
Jay is also a hoarder and has a deeply secret love of steampunk crap, which he denies vehemently. He and Bruce were in Bruce's basement examining the buried treasure and found the copper hoardings. Jay thought "Oh! I shall take this home to Houston for no particular reason other than they look cool and maybe I can use them for something later." Margo does not stand for such nonsense and so the hoardings quickly became a lamp inspired by this one from Pottern Barn that we couldn't afford.
Jay was goofing around with the pieces of copper and realized he could make them into a base and arm system. Then he found this cool cage, fancy wire, and old-timey light bulb on the eBay. The hardware is from our fav neighborhood Southland Hardware store. I'll show you a pic of the lamp all put together to start!